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06 07 28 - GIBRAHAYER
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The ARS Cyprus Sossee Chapter appeal for Lebanon
Dear Friends,
As you are aware of the situation in Lebanon through the news media, the continuing brutal assault on Lebanese cities and population has caused countless civilian casualties.
The Armenian Diaspora is facing another calamity which threatens our community in Lebanon. Our school buildings and athletic fields in Bourj Hammoud are full of Lebanese refugees, while the ARS Boulghurdjian socio-medical centre is treating hundreds of civilian casualties.
The ARS “Sosse” chapter of Cyprus, as with every other ARS chapter throughout the Diaspora, appeals to the Armenian community of Cyprus to extend its fraternal support to the Armenian community of Lebanon, by contributing generously to the special relief fund set up by the ARS.
You can hand in your contribution to any member of the Committee who will be on duty at the AYMA club every day between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. until 31st July , or by contacting the following officials:
Vera Tavitian - Tel: 99520071, Maral Adourian - Tel: 99469634

Please act urgently and give generously.
Vera Tavitian, Chairperson - ARS Cyprus
23 July 2006

On Monday July 24, 2006, Archbishop of Armenians in Cyprus Varoujan and Armenian representative in the Cyprus Parliament Vartkes Mahdessian had a meeting with the Ambassador of Lebanon Michelle El Khoury, to whom they expressed the solidarity of the Armenian community of Cyprus towards the people of Lebanon. They also expressed their readiness to assist in every way to the dispatch of humanitarian aid to the refugees in the areas of conflict.
Ambassador El Khoury briefed the leadership of the Armenian community of Cyprus about the current situation in Lebanon, and presented to Archbishop Varoujan and representative Mahdessian with a priority list of needs that are urgently necessary to assist the relief effort for Lebanon.
The Armenian community of Cyprus calls all its members and friends, so that they actively participate in the collection of humanitarian aid towards the refugees of Lebanon, who did not hesitate to help and assist the Armenian people when they sought shelter in Lebanon as a result of the Armenian genocide of 1915.
The financial or humanitarian assistance (**) can be delivered to the Armenian Prelature of Nicosia (22493560), while our compatriots in Larnaca and Limassol may contact 99465818.
We warmly urge you, that the offered items are not used. Finally, we pray for the innocent souls that are perishing and hope that God Almighty may bring peace to the world and love and understanding between people.
With thanks,
Office of the Armenian representative in the Cyprus Parliament
Secretariat of the Armenian Prelature of Cyprus
Nicosia, 24th July 2006

BEIRUT (Aztag) - As the number of displaced people increased as a result of the Israeli attacks on Lebanon, many Lebanese refugees sought refuge in Armenian community establishments in and around Beirut Wednesday, the Aztag newspaper reported.
Public school building have been turned into shelters for evacuees. Aztag
reporters toured the Bourdj Hammoud neighbourhood and discussed the situation with several refugees.
To address the needs of the affected population, the ARF Lebanon Central Committee announced the establishment of a task force, which will organise relief efforts in and around area, coordinating activities with city hall and relief organizations working in the area.
The Armenian Relief Society Araxi Boulghourjian infirmary has been designated as the headquarters for the efforts.
The ARF CC of Lebanon issued an announcement Tuesday, pledging all its
organisational resources to the affected Lebanese public. This announcement
and other details about the ARF-initiated efforts were broadcast on Lebanese
television and radio, as well as other media outlets.
The Lebanon Prelacy issued an announcement Wednesday condemning what it called the barbaric attacks by Israel on Lebanon.
Armenia's Ambassador to Lebanon Vahan Ter-Ghevondian held a press conference Wednesday afternoon, announcing that Armenia's Embassy in Beirut would continue its operations.
"Our embassy will be open 24 hours a day and our staff has been answering
phone calls and inquiries regarding the developments and continues to accept
visitors," said Ter-Ghevondian, adding that through the embassy's and Armenia's foreign ministry's efforts Armenian citizens were being evacuated to Armenia.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported that some 200 more Armenian citizens and other residents of Lebanon will be evacuated to Armenia on Thursday amid the continuing Israeli assault on the tiny Arab state, the Foreign Ministry in Yerevan said on Wednesday.
A ministry spokesman, Vladimir Karapetian, told RFE/RL that the evacuees will be transported to Syria by bus and then fly to Yerevan on board two Armenian airliners. "Most of them are citizens of Armenia," Karapetian said. The
evacuees will be accompanied by Armenian diplomats during the high-risk
journey from Beirut to Aleppo, he said.
According to the ministry, 160 Armenians and dozens of Lebanese citizens of Armenian descent have already escaped to Armenia since the start of devastating Israeli raids on civilian and guerrilla targets in Lebanon on July 12. It says some 1,200 Armenian nationals lived in the country before the assault.
Prime Minister Andranik Markarian has promised to provide "state support" to
them and other Lebanese residents who would like to take refuge in Armenia.
Two Armenian diplomats have been sent to Lebanon and Syria to assist in their
voluntary evacuation.
"I wouldn't say there is a big influx of evacuees from Lebanon right now,"
said Karapetian. "It's just that we are prepared for such an influx because it
is not clear when all of this will end."
The official added that no Armenian casualties have been reported so far.
"There is no mass exodus of Armenians yet," Shahan Kandaharian, editor of the local Armenian-language "Aztag" daily based, told RFE/RL from Beirut.
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Letter to the editor
Dear friends,
I just wanted to note that there is NO evacuation of ethnic Armenians who are not citizens of Armenia. The government of Armenia is providing accommodation for Lebanese-Armenians who would want to leave the country, but that can hardly be termed "evacuation". Very few people so far have expressed readiness to leave, and most probably those few will return in a few weeks, immediately after this barbaric attack on the country's civilians and infrastructure is over.
We have lived in this country in the harshest times -- what's happening now is nowhere near the atrocities this country witnessed during the 15 year civil war-- and at no point in time the vibrant community here considered evacuation, mainly because Armenians here are an integral point of the Lebanese fabric and not foreigners who work or spend their vacations in this country. I, and many others like me, can leave the country, at least temporarily, but choose not to do so. Many many Armenians made the decision to leave the country during the period but that's no evacuation.
I would like to take this opportunity to underline one more thing. The western media might be portraying this as a war against Hizbolla, but only civilians are getting killed here. This is a military operation against an enemy that "doesn't exist". An enemy that doesn't have army bases, military compounds, which is why Israeli targets have mainly been bridges, civilian infrastructure, seaports, airports, trucks, highways. Regardless of what I personally, or what others, think about Hizbolla, and about the fact that they unilaterally and without consulting the Lebanese government took the decision of taking this country to war, this war is less and less about punishing Hizbolla, Syria, Iran, and more and more about destroying a country and making an example of it.
I need to cut this short because this is not the place nor the time for a lengthy analysis, but let me just say that this is not a war of the "Peace-loving" guys against the "Axis of Evil" folks. The 300 civilian death and more than one thousand injured in 1 week bear witness to that fact.
Best regards,
for images of the commemoration on Sunday please click here
In 1896, the Hamidian massacres were decimating the Armenian population of Ottoman Turkey, and the vilayet of Van, like the other vilayets, was in the Turks' line of fire. However, Van proved to be a difficult target for the Turks, because of its Armenian inhabitants' steely resolve to resist and defend themselves despite meagre resources.
At first, the Armenians of Van succeeded in deterring the Turks. Later, however, the Kurdish Mazrik tribe ambushed a squad of Armenian defenders and mercilessly slaughtered them. As a consequence, Armenians were outraged and the ARF Dashnaktsoutiun came in to retaliate.
Geographically, the plain of Khanasor lies between the district of Van and Iran, and was once heavily populated by Kurds. The aim of the Khanasor expedition was to punish the Mazriks who had been terrorising the Armenians in the area. Volunteers from the Hunchakians and the Armenakans joined the ranks of the Dashnaktsoutiun for the Khanasor expedition. The three leaders of the expedition were Vartan, Ishkhan and Nigol-Douman, all of them Dashnaks. On July 25, 1897, at dawn, 250 fedayis stormed the Mazrik tribe, leaving only ashes in their wake.
The Khanasor expedition was a small triumph for the Armenians. As a result, Armenians built up their self-confidence, their belief in their ability to defend themselves now re-enforced. To this day, Armenians remember the event in commemorative ceremonies honouring the expedition as an important event in the history of the Armenian struggle for freedom.

The traditional annual event in Cyprus took place at Loumata ton Aeton in Troodos. The message of the day was delivered by ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Cyprus Committee member Hagop Manougian. On behalf of AYF Armenian Youth of Cyprus, unger Kevork Keoshgerian addressed the crowd and emphasized the importance of the Lisbon operation in 1983 and the act of self-sacrifice of the five young men.
At the end of the commemoration ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Cyprus Committee representative Vahan Aynedjian announced the Armenian Relief Society's appeal for assistance to war-stricken Lebanon (above)
Special tribute was paid to two late members of AYMA, Nazaret Terzian and Artin Haroutiounian, who used to participate in the Khanasor commemoration on the Troodos mountain range every year until the late 70s with their musical instruments (the former with his trumpet and the latter with his accordion) accompanying the singing of revolutionary songs. Nazaret Terzian passed away in 1979, while Artin Haroutiounian emigrated to Australia with his family in 1975 and passed away there in 1991.
In their place, two other musicians, Haig Mahdessian with his accordion and David Simonian with his clarinet, accompanied the crowd during the singing of the Khanasor song, "Gargoud deghats Khanasora tashdoum, fedayiner tashnagtsagan vrijarou koroum en...".
Click here to view images of the Khanasor commemoration in Cyprus.

At the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) summer session, the Armenian delegation has succeeded to ensure the support of big powers in turning down proposals put forward by the Azerbaijani and Turkish delegations, Vahan Hovhannisian, head of the Armenian delegation to the PACE and National Assembly vice speaker, told a news conference Monday.
Hovhannisian said, resolutions favourable for Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh have been passed.
“This time our cooperation with big powers was successful, I mean, the US, Canada, France and Russia,” Hovhannisian said. “Most importantly, we succeeded in including a provision of self-determination right in the PACE resolutions based on the results of the Montenegro referendum.”
He noted that the adoption of those resolutions demonstrated a precise balance between the rights to self-determination and territorial integrity.
Hovhannisian said the resolutions caused a fury of the Azeri delegation.
Azeri and Georgian delegations have tried to counter those resolutions by two others that would put disputed territories under the control of states they formerly belonged but both resolutions, backed by Turkey, were turned down, Hovhannisian added.
Finally, Hovhannisian mentioned that most Council of Europe countries have a vague understanding how the Karabakh conflict is to be settled but they realise which side is ready for compromises and which one is not.
(20.07.2006 - PanARMENIAN.Net) Turkish PM Erdogan had important messages for the EU upon his arrival in the "Turkish Republic of N. Cyprus" to attend the 32nd anniversary of the Turkish invasion on the island.
Erdogan was met by "TRNC" PM Soyer upon his arrival at Ercan Airport, and told him, "We've fulfilled our obligations, and the international community should immediately lift the unfair sanctions imposed on Turkish Cyprus." Erdogan made clear that Turkey will not make any concessions.
Later on, Erdogan held a joint press conference with "TRNC" President Talat. Erdogan reiterated that Turkey wants a UN-backed solution to the Cyprus problem. "The world should remove the isolations imposed on the "TRNC" so that Turkey may fulfil its responsibilities. We have always supported a peaceful solution, and will continue to do so."
Furthermore, Erdogan stressed Turkey will continue to be a "brother" to the TRNC as it has done in the past. Talat also offered support for Erdogan's peace plan, and called on Greece and Greek Cyprus to do the same.
Erdogan reassured the TRNC saying, "Don't worry. We will not open Turkish ports to Greek Cypriot traffic." Erdogan later met former Turkish Cypriot President Rauf Denktash at his office. "We are pursuing your goals. We will make no concessions over the Cyprus issue," Erdogan reportedly told Denktash.
To remind readers, the EU has warned Turkey of the possible breakdown of the talks id Ankara fails to put into operation the additional protocol to the customs union that was signed in July, 2005. The union provides for opening of Turkish ports to Greek Cypriot traffic.
The Human Resource Management Association organised a competition to reward novel ideas and advanced systems in areas of human resources management and improvement of labour relations within a company or public organisation. The prizes were given by the Director of the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM), Dr. Theodoros Panayiotou, during the Association's annual general meeting held at the Bank of Cyprus Head Offices in Nicosia. The top honours for Management Excellence went to our very own Taleen Tchalikian (Tashdjian) for her paper on "Values Launch Through Employee Engagement" based on her experiences at Wagerlogic Ltd.
Origins of Armenians

The Armenian people have been described throughout the centuries as adaptable, resilient, enterprising, and steadfast. How they managed to survive repeated invasions, destruction, and persecution, while large and more powerful states disappeared and how they were able to make significant contributions to world civilisation is a tribute to the Armenian people.
The Armenians are one of the few peoples of antiquity who, together with their language and culture, have survived to the present day. While their existence as a national, political, and cultural entity dates from the first millennium before Christ, recently accumulated evidence offers conclusive proof that the civilisations erected by the immediate predecessors of the Armenians go back to the second and third millennia B.C.
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news in brief

A meeting of Armenian President Robert Kocharian and Azeri leader Ilham Aliyev is not scheduled within the framework of the informal summit of the CIS leaders.
After weeks of monitoring the region, the OSCE concluded that recent
wildfires in Nagorno-Karabakh were a direct result of arson perpetrated by
Azerbaijan. A report by a personal representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzei Kasprchik was delivered to both the Armenian and Azeri foreign ministries, concluding that Azerbaijan was the cause of the wildfires in that area.
Marcos Baghdatis led Cyprus in victory in Davis Cup against neighbouring Egypt in Cairo this weekend, winning the tie 3-2. Click here for details.
Zaruhi Harutyunyan results. Click here

Zaruhi Harutyunyan
After winning in Edinburgh, Zaruhi Harutyunyan won her fifth title in Winchester this time in the doubles.
Unfortunately, her singles challenge reached "only" as far as the semi finals due to injury, stopping a three tournament winning streak that started in Bolis.
Her current ranking is at 182 !
For Zaruhi Harutyunyan's activity in 2006 - click here
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gibrahayer calendar
Sunday 16-30 July - Hamazkayin Forum - Yerevan - Armenia. Visit the Hamazkayin Forum site at:
12 - 30 July - Khalkidiki Summer Camp organised by the ARS of Greece for 12 - 16 year old Armenians. Sosse Chapter of ARS (HOM) Sosse Cyprus announce that 18 Armenian youth from Cyprus are participating.

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